I am always in need of good shoe-shiners...
I guess it has to do with you being from The Fatherland and all... But I would totally vote for you but you are not going to be democratic about it are ya?
Just do not forget about us and make us all your first officers and admirals and shit, okay?
Europa Universalis IVSpreadsheets
Posted 04 November 2013 - 05:36 PM
Posted 04 November 2013 - 06:06 PM
I am always in need of good shoe-shiners...
"To say that nothing is true, is to realize that the foundations of society are fragile, and that we must be the shepherds of our own civilization. To say that everything is permitted, is to understand that we are the architects of our actions, and that we must live with their consequences, whether glorious or tragic."
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Posted 05 November 2013 - 09:23 PM
Posted 06 November 2013 - 07:23 AM
Bought it -- got my ass kicked as Portugal 3 times. playing as Aztec now -- I own the all of what I can see. Now I just need the points to move up with my government and hopefully get a peaceful neighbor when they come so I can westernize.
Mesoamerican nations are a ballsy try. You gonna get either Portugal or Castile, count on it.
Good luck and stick with that initial learning curve, it's worth it.
Tried my hand at an early Sweden recently, one that was still a vassal of Denmark and junior partner in a personal union, meaning that their king ruled me and I did not have any external diplomatic options except improve relationships, could not even declare war on others... Built some 20 regiments (more or less the force limit for me) for my war of independence against Denmark and got my ass handed to me when I very prematurely decided to launch my attack as obviously Norway, another vassal of Denmark also entered the war, as well as Holstein and a slew of other North German entities. Also the king that got put on my throne when I declared my intents was a complete and utter tool. I saw a possible way to win though, will try that when I next can sit down for an evening: Build a large fleet of galleys (cheap and efficient in the Baltic) instead of a large army and blockade the Kattegat, which will trap the Danish navy in its ports as well as crucially stop any crossings of the Danish army onto Swedish soil. That would allow me to fully concentrate on Norway in land battles and taking a couple of their provinces should rack up enough warscore for me to force Denmark into accepting my independence (not out for Norwegian provinces, I just wanna be freeeeeeeeeeeeeee!)
Posted 06 November 2013 - 09:23 PM
Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:31 AM
I decided not to play the Incans because, well, no neighbors to pick on....
Creek it is.
My initial goal is to control most of what is now the South East in the United States. I share the area with both the Cherokee and the Shawnee. The Cherokee are directly to my north and the Shawnee are north of them. Which gives me some interesting choices. I can either align myself with the Cherokee in hopes of using them as a buffer and go after the Shawnee or align with the Shawnee and sandwich the Cherokee. Initially, I chose the later mostly because I felt if would would be an easier fight and I could use what is left of them as a buffer for a while.
In the first Cherokee war I managed to grab just one province -- while the Shawnee also took one directly north of mine -- giving me a border with them. My army came through the first war almost unscathed while the Shawnee actually took a bit of a beating (about half of their army killed.) Luckily for me, they didn't like that I ended the war as quickly as I did, so they cancelled the alliance.
I probably could have left well enough alone here and played it safe with my truce with the Cherokee and friendly relations with the Shawnee (even though no alliance), but I just couldn't resist. With a new border, I immediately went to work fabricating a claim against the province they just grabbed and declared a war to grab it. Before they could muster their troops it was mine, with me pushing further in with some mercenaries I had just hired. My 16 regiments was well over my land cap so I didn't mind getting aggressive and losing a few troops. I pushed into Shawnee territory after a bloody battle and quickly sieged 2 more provinces.
At the end of the first Shawnee war I managed to grab two provinces and secure a truce with them with about a year to go on my Cherokee truce. I took the time to reinforce my troops, make some cores and replenish my treasury.
After about a 4 year break I went right back to war with the Cherokee -- they could only muster 5 regiments against my more manageable 12 (which was my land cap this time.) I quickly broke them -- instead of annexing them outright, I made them a 1 province vassel, which proved useful a few years later.
I waited about 10 years to secure my positions and get my affairs in order to get a good push on the Shawnee. I originally planned on annexing them in one fell swoop but 2 bad battles had me on my heals a bit. Luckily my vassel built a little 2 regiment army and took a couple of provinces whiel I was fighting them. The Shawnee offered terms right after the last battle, granting me some ducans and a province AND offering my vassel 2 provinces. Well now -- I immediately accepted and regrouped.
As soon as the truce was over, I went right back at them (with a stronger vassel this time) and we managed to seige everything. Again instead of out right annexation -- I made them vassels. Now I have 2 small vassels (one of which is being annexed diplomatically as I write this) and a peaceful screen. I can now focus on learning and hopefully be ready to westernize as soon as someone shows up.
Year is now 1476 -- not a bad 32 years.
Posted 07 November 2013 - 05:43 PM
Of course -- year is now 1599 -- not a ton has happened except I succcesfully westernized with Castile moving into the area that is now Florida -- I managed to colonize the New Jersey area (very rich area apparently) and all of Cuba. I am now able to build explorers., ect so it is time to get into colonizing mode big time. I am also working on the economics idea so I can change governements. I am going to work on colonizing the entire east coast to try to keep as much European influence out for the time being.
Awesome going Indy, balls deep every time since I knew you. Oh, and your German blood is showing...
Posted 10 November 2013 - 04:55 PM
Finally managed to get back to it, and restarted as Sweden, this time as posted above, not with a large army but instead a navy consisting of 25 galleys. Took me a couple of years to build it up, which proved fortuitous, as shortly before I was ready to launch into my war for independence Denmark declared war against one of the monastic orders on the Baltic. I let Denmark and Norway wage all the land battles, just kept myself to blockading some ports with my new and shiny navy and raking up a bit of naval experience. This time around Denmark didn't manage to grab that many allies, just one of the Saxony states. So, directly after Denmark finished its war and had a nice war exhaustion plus exhausted manpower reserves I pounced.
My galleys quickly blockaded the crossing from Denmark into their holdings on Swedish soil, after defeating the Danish and Norwegian navies easily. One of my armies went to siege all of those Danish holdings it could easily reach while the other one was driving into Norway and hunting down the regiments they kept building. The war went on for quite a while, early and small armies are not very fast at taking provinces... Also that Saxony state actually managed to smuggle a tiny 4 regiment army all the way through Russia into my Finish holdings so I had to divert one of my armies there and as I didn't build any transport ships that took a while...
In the end I managed to force Denmark into accepting my independence as well as hand over the province that links directly to Denmark (so I could fortify it heavily against future invasions) and one of the Norwegian provinces, basically just straightening my borders with them. Yay!
There followed a couple of years of rebuilding and finally being able to form alliances, which I used to build a large network of friends all over northern German.y (and Bavaria, lol). They came in very handy because I obviously declared war against Denmark for my other occupied territories as soon as possible. That war was a total success with a straight 100% score, I got the rest of the Swedish cores out of the peace deal, as well as one tiny additional island off the German coast, Norway was released from under Denmark's thumb and my allies grabbed one or two provinces too. That basically left my borders close to the modern Swedish and Finnish ones. Achievement unlocked.
The next few decades were filled with peace and technological advancement while juggling the far too many diplomatic contacts I held up. Shortly before 1500 I decided to expand my holdings in the Baltic and attack one of the monarchic orders in modern day Estonia or thereabouts. That was quite an easy war of course so I took two of their provinces, made a vassal out of Riga and released Kurland into freedom. Just when that war was drawing to a close I got an event, offering me to make Protestantism my state religion... Well, what could I lose! So did that.
Stability dropped hard, revolution risk rose all over the land, my tax income dwindled away, old treaties were instantly broken and my foreign relations suffered heavily. But in the name of progress and Scandinavian socialism I shall not back down and convert ALL of my provinces to Protestantism!!! It is now a couple of years later, my stability is back up, revolts are down after a few uprisings, income is in the plus again and I am slowly rebuilding connections with my neighbors. Denmark has fallen into near oblivion, my main rivals are now Norway to the West and Muscovy to the East and I am doing my best to maintain good relations, but both have me on their rivals list and things are not looking too rosy with them... We shall see!
My next goals are to slowly take over all the provinces on the Baltic coast. Perhaps ambitious, but interesting nonetheless.
Posted 10 November 2013 - 06:33 PM
More Creek history!
The year is now 1687. In the past 90 years or so I have been very busy.
After successfully westernizing, I hit the research road hard. I am now 4th in the world Administratively and 5th in military might. My navy is still outside of the top 5 I think but my land army is around 3rd depending on the month -- both with room to grow.
Once I started pulling away militarily from the remaining countries in North America, I figured it was a good time to annex their lands. I wiped out the Heron and Zapotec in two very short wars -- less than a year a piece and annexed all of the great lakes and all of mexico.
I also managed to successfully take most of the coast of North America -- most of the super powers were able to get colonies down, but small ones that are surrounded by me. I am dominating trade in bot Chesapeake Bay and the Caribbean though, through a strong naval presence in the area and embargoes.
My biggest problem right now is I am actually allied with Castille -- they keep calling me to war against both the French and English -- who I also have alliances with. So I keep losing prestige when they go to war with each other. I think I will end the alliances and just let them fight it out.
My current goal is to get a foot hold in eastern asia. So far I was able to do some Island hoping starting from Hawaii -- which I colonized early for a pacific naval base. I moved through to the Philippines and am now building a small army and navy to start my conquest of the main land. I would like to build up and sizeable force there and start a coalition against Muscovy -- who has the largest and deadliest military in the world. I think if both France and England can push in from the West and I push in from the East we can easily take them down and I can make a run at world dominance. I will probably run out of time before I get it done but that is the direction I am heading.
Posted 10 November 2013 - 09:57 PM
I love how you can play it on a smaller local scale when you have loads of neighbors like in Europe, or just be free to expand like in the Americas, with the problem of having inferior tech and armies.
Quick update on my AAR above: I successfully took the rest of Estonia from the Litovian Order or whatever their name was, anyway, they are wiped out now. Shortly thereafter I managed to claim the throne of Norway but Bavaria disputed it and called for war so after securing some rights of passage I marched my main army down south towards the Alps. Naturally I won quite easily and Norway is now fully in a personal union with me. Fun fact: The Swedish armies came from the North towards Nuremberg (my RL hometown), but this time, not in accordance with actual history, we didn't stop a few tens of kilometers in front of the city and eventually turned back. This time we pushed all the way to Munich.
At roughly the same time I also claimed the Danish throne and they went quite easily into a personal union. So, two strong claims on the other Scandinavian countries now and things are looking well, just need to hold out another 30 years or so before I can integrate them.
Then suddenly my former ally Pomerania declared war on Denmark which of course pulled me and my other vassals into the war. I failed pretty spectacularly at the start of the war and nearly welped two armies to some monster generals of theirs. After a short reorganization though I smashed through them and then, as is usual, got greedy again. The easy part was giving Denmark one of its lost core provinces back but then I demanded the annexation of two other provinces, without a claim that is, and that apparently is a very big no-no when those provinces belong to the Holy Roman Empire, lead by Austria, which promptly demanded both to be handed back, or else...
So yeah, cannot stand against the might of the HRE, so gave those back. Couple of years of peace followed when SUDDENLY Great Britain declares war on Norway, pulling me and Denmark in on Norways side and Venice on GBs side... And all because Norway annexed most of Scotland half a century earlier and now England wanted that for itself. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! Very quickly a doomstack of 60 mixed ships showed up before the Norwegian coast and went on to obliterate my 25 strong galley force, which just didn't make it into harbor in time. ;(
Decided to pay my way out of that unwinnable war (no chance of landing any armies on British soil). So once England successfully sieged the Scottish provinces I let those go in a peace deal which also cost me a lot of ISK but made England happy and well inclined towards me. Still, better to be on the good side of England than having them as an angry neighbor while Muscovy is still eying me (and now Poland and Lithuania too).
Right, my navy is gone, my ISK reserves depleted, but my diplomatic position is now quite strong and my armies well disciplined and technologically advanced. If I can keep it like that and turtle up until I gain sovereignty over Denmark and Norway, I can then push into the next phase!
Posted 10 November 2013 - 10:12 PM
Posted 11 November 2013 - 11:39 PM
Posted 17 November 2013 - 10:41 PM
Basically I was in no shape to fight anyone after my short and disastrous war with Great Britain when I picked it up again and I was waiting for my personal unions with Norway and Denmark to bear fruit. So everything calm and quiet, research some tech, expand some ideas, build some buildings. A few years down the line my main headache, Muscovy (Russia) suddenly offered an alliance. Hell yeah! Of course! That will keep my Eastern border completely secure!
With that off my mind I started looking at new ideas. Lithuania to my South is strong, but with my allies I can possibly take them, so that will be a midterm goal after I finished integrating Scandinavia. Meanwhile though I made Kurland into a vassal and finished annexing Riga. Great Britain meanwhile offered another alliance and I went into it, hoping to perhaps be drawn into a couple of wars so I could get some prestige and perhaps even a province or two somewhere.
Decided to attack the Teutonic Order after fabricating a claim on Ostpreussen, all in the name of securing the Baltic coast. That one went very quickly, objective easily achieved even without calling on allies. So smug. Until GB went mad with power and declared war on Spain AND Austria, which pulled in most of the Holy Roman Empire... I mean, I would have stuck around if it was ONLY Spain or Austria, but the whole HRE to my South as an enemy? No fucking thank you! So broke that alliance (good decision, too, as GB lost heavily after a few years, forcing them to release Northumberland as a sovereign state...).
Sat back a few years more, Lithuania is not a nice neighbor, but apparently some armies at its borders and strong forts towards them keeps them from attacking for now. Muscovy meanwhile is a great easy to maintain ally. In 1571 and 1572 I could finally begin to integrate Norway and Denmark respectively into my realm, after my king was sitting on their thrones for 50 years in a personal union (somewhere around here I also annexed Kurland). That took me until 1579 to finish. And what an amazing decision THAT was.
Outright holding all of Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland (and Iceland, lol) allowed me to form the Scandinavian Empire, and with integrating them into my realm I also gained all of their armies and navies, which pushed me far over my force limit costing me quite a dime, but now I got a huge navy and strong armies again, a true Northern European superpower! Just look at at the screenshot below.
Shortterm will be purging all of the unwanted cultures and religions out of my realm and then let's see if Lithuania can stand up against the combined might of Scandinavia and Muscovy (funnily Muscovy managed to force-annex Holstein, directly to the South of my Danish border)...
Posted 22 November 2013 - 12:23 PM
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Good for you maleg, posting a seemingly genuine and helpful post, with the real intent of rubbing it in Obe's face that he spent $40 on it. I like your style!
Posted 17 December 2013 - 08:32 AM
Also I lost all my savegames with my new PC, so no more Scandinavian Empire...
Since then I've been floundering a bit with trying out Nippon, Venice and The Ming, none of which I really cared about too much. Guess I'll restart a colonizing power during some Eve strat opses.